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Junior Cross-Country (XC) Ski Teams

The Devo Team is a TCCSEA program for athletes (age 11-14) interested in improving their cross-country ski technique and committed to becoming competition-ready. The Devo Team is the second step in our youth development pipeline and is ideal for those who have graduated from Strider Gliders, or similar program, and are dedicated to cross-country skiing. At every practice, Devo coaches strive to help athletes meet their personal, physical, and mental goals in a fun, team setting. If your athlete(s) is not committed to the physical training and the Devo Team atmosphere, please consider other TCCSEA programs or other after-school activities.

If your child is interested and committed to competing at the Junior National level, our Comp Team may be a good fit. Learn more about our Comp Team by scrolling towards the end of this page.

Year-Round Schedule

  • Summer: June 1-August 31 (3 months)
  • Fall: September 1-November 30 (3 months)
  • Winter: December 1-April 15 (4.5 months)
  • Spring: Break (April 16-May 31)
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3 Weekly Workouts for 3 Months

  • Athletes and coaches meet 3 times per week, typically at Tahoe XC:

    • Times and locations vary based on activity and coaching schedule
    • Practices range from 1-3 hours
    • Exceptions may include weather, trail conditions, holidays, coach availability, and “field trip” workouts
    • Email notifications will be sent ahead of time with details about each workout, time, and meeting place
  • The goal of each workout is to:

    • develop and build upon cross-country ski skills and techniques
    • promote general fitness
    • get outside with friends
    • foster love for a healthy lifestyle
  • This early stage of development is a critical time to start ski-specific training to:

    • instill good habits
    • prevent injury
    • increase efficiency
    • establish a solid foundation for young, developing athletes
  • Expect practices to be:
    • challenging and fun
    • a great workout
    • team-building with individual training

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, details are subject to change based on state and county directives.

On-Snow and Dry-Land Training

In summer, fall, and winter, Devo Team focusing on developing cross-country ski skills, strength, and technique. Workouts are designed to encourage kids to try a broad range of activities, including but not limited to

  • Summer Training:

    • skate and classic roller skiing
    • trail running
    • mountain biking
    • ski walking
    • hill bounding
    • hiking
    • team games
  • Winter Training:
    • skate and classic skiing
    • touring
    • weight lifting
    • plyometrics
    • yoga
    • team games

Age Requirement

  • Athletes should be between ages 11-14
  • Motivated athletes are welcome (younger and older kids may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Kids should be excited about developing their cross-country skiing techniques
  • Grouping is by ability and experience so that each workout is appropriately challenging and fun

Cost & Registration

  • Program cost is $550 per participant per session (summer)
  • No refunds are given for cancelled workouts due to weather, trail conditions, or elements outside of our control
  • Registration and waiver is required

No Drop-ins at this time

Due to the current COVID-19 situation,we will not be allowing drop-ins.

Required Gear

  • Participants must provide their own gear, which varies based on the workout assigned by the coach, with the exception of roller ski, pole, and boots which are available for seasonal team rental for $50.
  • If an athlete does not have the requested gear, the coach will discuss options and find a suitable solution.
  • All kids are required to provide their own water and snacks, as none are provided.
  • Required gear for a successful summer includes the following:
    • Trail running shoes
    • Helmet
    • Elbow and knee pads
    • Eye protection
    • Water
    • Snacks
    • Layered clothing appropriate for varying weather conditions
    • Sunscreen
    • Smile and a positive attitude

NOTE: Please do not let gear be an obstacle for your child. If you do not have access to gear on the above list, contact us and we can try to help solve gear issues. We do not want equipment challenges to prevent any child from participating in this program.

Transportation

  • Athletes meet at Tahoe XC and workout either at Tahoe XC or are transported to workouts in the team van.
  • On some occasions, parent volunteers may be required to help transport athletes on training days.
  • Locations range from Tahoe City to West Shore to Truckee area.

Comp Team

The Comp Team is a TCCSEA program for athletes interested in training and competing at the Junior National level. This program is geared more towards training for competition for those who want to take that next step in their skiing. Comp athletes will be chosen based on performance as well as coaches discretion. At every practice, Comp coaches strive to help athletes meet their personal, physical, and mental goals in a small team setting. If your athlete(s) is not committed to the physical training needed at the Comp Team atmosphere, please consider other TCCSEA programs or other after-school activities.

Year-Round Schedule

  • Summer and Fall: June 1- November 31 (6 months)
  • Winter: December 1-April 30 (5 months)
  • Spring: break (May)

5 Weekly Workouts (number of days may vary)

  • Athletes and coaches meet 5 times per week, typically at Tahoe XC:
    • Times and locations vary based on activity and coaching schedule
    • Practices range from 1-6 hours
    • Exceptions may include weather, trail conditions, holidays, coach availability, and “field trip” workouts
    • Notifications will be sent ahead of time with details about each workout, time, and meeting place

  • The goal of each workout is to:
    • Build upon cross-country ski skills and techniques
    • Promote a high level of fitness
    • Develop national level competition readiness

  • This stage of development is:
    • Time to take the next step in competition
    • Increase endurance and strength
    • Build upon current skills

  • Expect practices to be:
    • Challenging and fun
    • Mentally and physically demanding
    • A great workout
    • Team-building with individual training

  • Weekly schedule may change due to Team Trips
    • Training camps
    • Competitions

On-Snow and Dry-land Training

In summer, fall, and winter, Comp Team focuses on developing cross-country ski skills, strength, and endurance. Workouts are designed to build up athletes and prepare them for the competition season and help them reach their goals of racing at a higher level.

  • Summer Training:
    • Skate and classic roller skiing - distance and intervals
    • Trail running
    • Track work- intervals
    • Mountain biking
    • Ski walking
    • Hill bounding - intervals
    • Hiking
    • Team games
    • Strength training

  • Winter Training:
    • Skate and classic skiing - distance and intervals
    • Touring
    • Running
    • Strength training
    • Plyometrics
    • Yoga
    • Team games

Age and Ability Requirement

The Comp Team is based on ability and maturity to train at a high level. Athletes need to apply and be accepted for Comp Team. Requirements to qualify for Comp Team are as follows:

  • Qualified for Junior Nationals
  • Top 3 at Western Club Championships
  • Coaches Discretion
    • Shows the ability and maturity to be a Comp Team athlete
    • Grouping is by ability and experience so that each workout is appropriately challenging

Cost & Registration

  • Program cost is per participant per session (summer/fall, winter) if the athlete qualifies for the Comp Team. Price will be the Base Rate (what Devo Team pays) plus Comp Team dues.
  • No refunds are given for canceled workouts due to weather, trail conditions, or elements outside of our control
  • Registration and waiver is required

Required Gear

Participants must provide their own gear, which varies based on the workout assigned by the coach, with the exception of roller ski, pole, and boot rentals, which are included in the program cost. If an athlete does not have the requested gear, the coach will discuss options and find a suitable solution. All athletes are required to provide their own water and snacks, as none are provided. Required gear for successful training includes the following:

  • Summer/Fall
    • Trail running shoes
    • Helmet
    • Elbow and knee pads
    • Eye protection (sunglasses)
    • Water
    • Snacks
    • Sunscreen
    • Appropriate clothing for training
    • Rollerkis (skate and classic specific)
    • Rollerski poles (skate and classic specific)
    • Smiles and excitement!

  • Winter/Spring
    • Skate and classic skis
    • Skate and classic poles
    • Running shoes
    • Eye protection (sunglasses)
    • Water
    • Snack
    • Appropriate clothing for training
    • Sunscreen
    • Smiles and excitement!

      NOTE: Please do not let gear be an obstacle for your child. If you do not have access to gear on the above list, contact us and we can try to help solve gear issues. We do not want equipment challenges to prevent any child from participating in this program.

Transportation

Athletes meet at Tahoe XC and workout either at Tahoe XC or are transported to workouts in the team van. On some occasions, parent volunteers may be required to help transport athletes on training days.

Team Coaches

2022 Devo Coach: Casey Jowers

Casey Jowers is an emergency room physician at Tahoe Forest Hospital who, in a time when his job has never been more demanding, offered to take on the role of Junior Developement (Devo) Team coach.

To get an insight of someone who can only regarded as a community hero, Tahoe XC Board Member Renee Koijane recently interviewed Casey Jowers in the Sierra Sun:

Hometown Hero at Tahoe XC: An Interview with Casey Jowers

Casey Jowers

2022 Devo Coach: JC Schoonmaker

JC Schoonmaker grew up in Tahoe City, was a Strider Glider, and skied for both Tahoe XC and Auburn Ski Club as a junior. He now attends the University of Anchorage Alaska and ski races collegiately. JC has competed on the national and international stage and is excited to spend his summers in Tahoe, passing on what he’s learned to the younger generation of Tahoe skiers.

Read more about JC Schoonmaker…

JC Schoonmaker

2022 Devo Coach: Quinn Lehmkuhl

Quinn Lehmkuhl is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder where she spent four years racing on the D1 ski team. Prior to her college career she was in Strider Gliders at Tahoe XC and then went on to race for the Tahoe XC Devo team, Auburn Ski Club comp team and North Tahoe High School. She deeply enjoys skiing and believes it can teach athletes great life-long skills while also being fun.

Read more about Quinn Lehmkuhl…

Quinn Lehmkuhl

2022 Devo Coach: Julien Bordes

Julien Bordes is a professional cross-country skier. Both French and American born, Julien was raised in Tahoe and participated in Tahoe XC Strider Gliders, Devo, and raced for the North Tahoe Middle/High School teams. As a junior, he was nationally ranked with multiple top 10s at Junior Nationals. He spent a year training and racing in the French alps for La Clusaz with a 2nd place at a French National Championship, and raced for Northern Michigan University NCAA D1 Team. He currently skis for APU Elite Team (Alaska Pacific University), racing on the Super Tour (National Tour) to qualify for World Cup races.

Read more about Julien Bordes…

How Can You Help Support our Coaches?

We believe coaches are integral to the foundation of our youth programs. Each March, we offer a unique opportunity for you to help support our youth programs through the Kevin Murnane Fund Drive. The Kevin Murnane Coaches Grant directly supports the growth and development of our coaches. Visit here to learn more.

Previous Devo Coaches

At Tahoe XC, we strive to hire relatable, aspiring athletes to coach our youth programs. Over the years, we’ve had many incredible coaches, who often pursue their own form of higher athletics. Many past Devo Team Coaches were once Strider Gliders as well.

  • JC Schoonmaker (2020, former Strider Glider)
  • Nate Cutler (2020, former Strider Glider)
  • Brandon Herhusky (2019, former Stridger Glider)
  • n/a (2018)
  • Peter Holmes (2017, former Strider Glider)
  • Aliska Albrigtsen (2016)
  • Wilson Dippo (2015)